Step 1: Report
In the event a student, staff or family member receives a positive test result or has a positive exposure to an individual with COVID-19, they must:
Continue to stay home from the school building and avoid activities around other people
Notify the school
Step 2: Trace
Once the school has been notified by a family or staff member of an exposure or positive test result for COVID-19, the district health and safety team completes contact tracing with our public health partners. *The district health and safety team is comprised of staff from the district safety team and district nurses.
What is contact tracing?
District staff and public health work with the individual diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 to determine where they have been and with whom they’ve been in contact.
The individual’s close contacts are identified and notified. A “close contact” means the person spent 15 minutes or longer within 6 feet of a known case. Students and staff in a specific cohort or classroom spend a majority of the day together, and because of this, all members of the cohort or classroom are considered close contacts.
Step 3: Notify & Inform
Once the district health and safety team completes the contact tracing process in collaboration with our public health partners, the school community is notified in one of two ways:
Anyone Meeting Criteria for Close Contact or Exposure
The family of any student known to have close contact is notified and instructed to keep their child home and quarantine for 10 days.
Staff who were in close contact have also been instructed to stay home and quarantine.
This communication* will be sent in the following ways:
- Auto Dialer or phone call
- Text Message (if opted in**)
- Email (see a sample exposure email)
If an exposure is determined while a student or staff member is in the school building, the communication may additionally be made over the phone.
*In the event of a quarantine, the district will contact families through information found in Infinite Campus (IC). Families are encouraged to log in to IC and ensure all information is correct and up-to-date. **To opt-in for text messages > 1) Make sure your cell phone number is listed in Infinite Campus in the cell phone field. 2) Then text YES to 67587.
All School Community
As part of our goal of transparency, the community is encouraged to visit the district’s COVID-19 Data and Quarantine Tracker to see current quarantines as well as case data rate data for our district.
Step 4: Quarantine
For those students or staff who meet the criteria for close contact or exposure, they are instructed to quarantine for the necessary timeframe by stakeholder group (see below). In their notification, families and staff are provided with their specific quarantine window, on what date they can return to normal activities and additional quarantine resources.
Quarantine Criteria by Stakeholder Group
In January 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance indicating quarantines for individuals exposed to COVID-19 can now be reduced from 14 days to 7 or 10 days. Given this new guidance, the district will transition to the following quarantine timeframes:
- Staff: 7-day quarantine with a negative PCR test on/after day 5.
- Student: 10-day quarantine. The district selected to follow the 10 day quarantine for students because of the logistical challenges related to the additional verification work required by public health to confirm an individual is cleared to end a quarantine earlier.
Athlete: 14-day quarantine. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has provided specific guidance that high school athletes are not eligible for a shortened 10-day quarantine and must follow a 14-day quarantine. This was guidance provided to CHSAA in a health department variance for the launch of the CHSAA Season B sports season.
- This guidance is based on the designation of athletics as a high-risk activity due to close proximity and physical exertion involved in athletic practice and competition. This was guidance provided to CHSAA in a health department variance for the launch of the CHSAA Season B sports season. Click here for more information on this guidance
- *The length of quarantine will be based on the site of exposure for teachers and students. If a teacher or student is exposed in a classroom then 7- and 10-day quarantines apply. If the student or teacher is exposed during practice or a game then 14-day quarantine applies. If the student or teacher/coach is positive, those exposed in the classroom would be subject to 10-day quarantine and teammates and coaches will need to follow the 14-day quarantine guidance.
How do I quarantine?
Stay at home or stay put in your same location for 7 to 10 days after your last exposure so you don’t spread the disease to healthy people.
Restrict activities outside your home.
Do not go to work, school or public areas.
Avoid using public transportation, rideshares or taxis.
Stay home, or in your same location, except to get medical care. If you have a medical appointment, call ahead and let them know you are under quarantine (either by order or self-imposed) for COVID-19, so the office can take steps to protect other people.
Families: Based on contact tracing done with our public health partners, your child meets the criteria for close contact and exposure with the person diagnosed or presumed positive with COVID-19.
Staff: Based on contact tracing done with our public health partners, you meet the criteria for close contact and exposure with the person diagnosed or presumed positive with COVID-19.
Close contact and exposure is determined based on the amount of time a person is within a predetermined distance of the individual and whether face coverings were used.
Students and staff in a specific cohort or classroom spend a majority of the day together, and because of this, all members of the cohort or classroom are considered close contacts.
Next steps for those quarantined
Students are expected to continue to participate in learning from home while they are in quarantine. Your school will provide more details on learning from home after a quarantine notification is sent to families.
Staff should connect with their supervisor regarding the ability to work from home during the quarantine period.
If you have children in other cohorts or schools or a spouse who works in the district, they can continue to attend unless a family member becomes symptomatic.
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